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back at (something or some place)

1. Having returned to some specific building. We should be back at our apartment by 9 PM. I wonder if Tom and the kids are already back at the house.
2. In some specific building that one has already left. Dang it, I forgot my briefcase back at the office.
3. Having returned to some activity, especially school or work, after a hiatus. Sarah's been out sick for a week, but she said she should be back at school on Monday. I really found it hard being back at work after such a long vacation.
See also: back

back home

1. Having returned to one's home. We should be back home by 9 PM. I wonder if Tom and the kids are already back home.
2. In one's hometown. The food here is pretty good, but the barbecue back home beats it by a mile!
See also: back, home
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*back (some place)

returned to some place; at some place again. (*Typically: be ~; get ~; arrive ~.) I can't wait till we get back home. When will we get back? Is it much farther?

*back

(at someone) repaying someone for a bad deed. (*Typically: get ~; have ~.) Tom called me a jerk, but I'll get back at him. I don't know how I'll get back for her insult, but I will.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

back

n. one’s support or second in a fight. (From back-up.) I need a back I can depend on.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
The wild wave of famished beasts rolled back before them, and Buck shook himself free.
Then they'd settle back again till there was a dog fight.
In another and later clinch, when she had already relaxed and sighed her relief at seeing him safely snuggled, Ponta, his chin over Joe's shoulder, lifted his right arm and struck a terrible downward blow on the small of the back. The crowd groaned its apprehension, while Joe quickly locked his opponent's arms to prevent a repetition of the blow.
"He says it will be better for us to go back where we left our things and camp there.
It was the messenger who had come back in the carriage.
A recess in the wall was at my left hand, in which I could instantly hide myself, if he showed any signs of looking back into the corridor.
She let Denis Eady lead out the horse, climb into the cutter and fling back the bearskin to make room for her at his side; then, with a swift motion of flight, she turned about and darted up the slope toward the front of the church.
Cowed and disheartened by the loss of their leader, the Normans had given back and were now streaming over the bulwarks on to their own galley, dropping a dozen at a time on to her deck, But the anchor still held them in its crooked claw, and Sir Oliver with fifty men was hard upon their heels.
He put it unread into his pocket, and went back to Anne.
And just before he arrived back at the stable he capped the day with a combined whirling and rearing that
He was growing angry, as he clawed back, though he was not conscious of it.
Here, with his broad back against the rugged trunk of the willow tree, and half hidden by the soft ferns around him, sat a stout, brawny fellow, but no other man was there.
It is plain our little Margaret is not coming back, our little Margaret, dear haunted rooms, will never come back; no longer shall her little silken figure flit up and down your quiet staircases, her hands filled with flowers, and her heart humming with little songs.
We shrank back against the side-walls, where we were almost out of range.
Evidently he would never leave, or turn his back again.